'Born from the verdant greens of Dorset in the South West UK, Emerson pursued an artistic career that felt like a natural progression for her, most of her family having also pursued creative paths. This deep-rooted involvement with nature from such an early age is so clear in her works while maintaining an urban edge. The soft silhouettes of her models echo vegetal forms in their elegance, such as a swaying tree branch or a tall and wilting flower, furthered by the sawdust and charcoal that Emerson often finishes her prints with. Emerson confirms natural forms as one of her main influences, along with silhouettes and the rambling treasure troves in the V&A Museum.

Having first discovered printmaking when studying Fine Art at Kingston University in 2004, Emerson found great appeal in printmaking; the ability to layer, combine mediums, source new techniques and rediscover traditional ones fit so well with her layered and textural style. Her ability to utilise more traditional subject matter in a totally unique way is what has attracted publications such as Vogue and The Sunday Times to feature her works, and enabled her to exhibit internationally.

'Emerson capitalises on the traditional trope of the female silhouette by subverting the conventional shape, often portraying her women with extended, trailing limbs that place them somewhere between supernatural figure and supermodel. Emerson describes herself as sitting in ‘an unhappy paradox’ with the work she makes, being lured by the beautiful, but overcome with the desire to subvert, explore and change it. As bombarded by imagery of the ‘perfect’ female form as we are in contemporary pop culture, Emerson uses innovative techniques to create depictions of strong, different and beautiful women that find their power in nonconformity.' Nelly Duff Gallery

'Through witty collage she explores our relationship to the environment and our fetish for celebrities and beautiful models, their bodies etioted, as though they have subsumed the pedestals they were placed upon.' Sarah Jane Downing, The Big Issue

'Beautiful, highly original and certainly collectable ' Will Ramsey, Sunday Times Style Magazine

 

COMMISSIONS, AWARDS, RESIDENCIES

2018
Shortlisted Rise Art Print Award
2017
Long listed Taylor Wessing Photography Exhibition
2015
Winner Bridgeman Studio Award
Finalist Young Masters Award
2014 
Artist in Residence, Somerset House, The National Open Arts 
Guiness World record, Largest Cyanotype Photograph. 
Lecture, The Alternative Photography Collective, London.
2011 
Judge The National Arts Open Competition
2010
Album covers for Fiona Bevan and Riddler
2009 
P&O Cruises, 15 large commissioned art works. 
Triumph Underwear billboard campaign

PRESS & PUBLICATION 2010-2019

H Fusion Magazine, Creative Review, BBC London News Night, Amelia Magazine Interview, Huck Magazine Interview, Wall Street International Magazine, The Londonist review. The Huffington Post, Sunday Times Style Magazine, The Evening Standard, Financial Times How to Spend It Magazine Special Arts Edition, The Telegraph online, Harpers Bazaar, The Sunday Times, Vogue, Country and Townhouse Magazine, Tattler, Another Magazine, 20 x 20 Magazine, The Independent.

EXHIBITIONS + ART FAIRS

2018   
Circle gallery, St Ives, group exhibition with The House of Artists, UKPhantoms, Fairhurst Gallery, UK (Solo)
New York and London Affordable Art Fair, Decorazon Gallery
Brussell’s Affordable Art Fair, Liberty Gallery

2017            
Art Palm Springs, Decorazon Gallery, USA
The National Art Open, The Barge house, London
Imperfect Illusions, Joint exhibition, Turner Barnes gallery, UK
Revolutions, Viking Gallery
Blisters, Paperback edition, Print Club, London
New York and Stockholm Affordable Art Fair, Decorazon Gallery

2016           
Visions and Voices, Joint Exhibition, Decorazon Gallery, NYC Skirball Center, New York, USA
The London Art Fair, Decorazon Gallery
Art on a Postcard, Maddox Gallery, London
New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Stockholm and London Affordable Art Fairs, Decorazon Gallery
Bristol Affordable Art Fair, Smithson Gallery

2015           
Enigma’s, Turner Barnes Gallery, Essex, UK (Solo)
Aurora, The Club at The Ivy, London (Solo)
There and Now, Leontia Gallery, London
Finalist Young Masters, Sphinx Fine Art, London, curated by Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
Kinds of Blue, Candida Stevens Fine Art, Chichester
Texas Contemporary, Decorazon Gallery
Dog Days, Hang Up Gallery, London
Good Figures, Mall Galleries, London, curated by Candida Stevens
The London Art Fair, Fiumano Fine Art, London

2014                       
Ventique, Smithson Gallery, London (Solo)
The Moon is no Door, Opus Gallery, Gloucestershire, UK (Solo)
Sirens, Hang Up Gallery, London (Solo)
Paint on Paper, Hollywood Rd Gallery, London
Carnival, Imitate Modern Gallery, London
Winter Salon, The Lloyds Club, Roberta Moore Contemporary
London, Mexico City and New York AAF, Decorazon Gallery
Hong Kong AAF, Fiumano Fine Art, Hong Kong

2013                        
Macmillan De'Longhi Art Auction, Bonham’s, RCA, London
Façade, Rosie Emerson and Nina Fowler, Anise Gallery, London
Femme, Studio 1019, Decorazon Gallery, Dallas, USA

2012                        
Shrine, Roberta Moore, The Chelsea Club, London (Solo)
Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London (Solo)
Altered Forms, Rosie Emerson, Anja Niemi and Nancy Fouts, Hang Up Gallery, London
Rapture, Roberta Moore Contemporary, Cheltenham, UK
Guts for Garters, COB Gallery, London
Singapore AAF, Fiumano Fine Art
Celebration, Fiumano Fine Art, London
Sex and Death Guts for Garters, Carnaby Street, London

2011                       
Alchemy, Art at Annoushka, London (Solo)
Nostalgia, Rook and Raven Gallery, London
In Darkness Blooms, View Art Gallery
Anatomy, Guts for Garters, COB Gallery, London
Macmillan De Longi Art Auction, Bonham’s, London
London Fashion Weekend, Somerset House, London
Surreal Women, Guts for Garters- COB Gallery, London
MoMac Pop Up, Roberta Moore Gallery, Cheltenham, UK

 

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